November 29, 2017
November 29, 2017
Treating head lice at home can be a daunting process. You will find thousands of weird solutions online—some asking you to put Listerine on the head while others telling you that a healthy coating of olive oil can help you get rid of the critters. Well, one worst home remedy is using mayonnaise.
Before turning their child’s head into a mayonnaise sandwich, it is important for parents to remember that when they spot lice, there may be two things happening at once.
The dormant eggs waiting to get hatched
Active lice crawling and causing irritation and itching
Both require different treatments, but timing is important. Parents should not take too long to kill one because this way they neglect the other and so have to start all over again.
By using mayonnaise over their child’s head, parents try to suffocate the lice. Since head lice are not able to survive without air for more than 6 hours, it is correct to think that by leaving a restricting material over the head for a long time, lice will suffocate and fall off.
However, not all parents know that mayonnaise only works for active lice that too after taking a long time. And secondly, mayonnaise does not remove lice eggs.
Let us take a closer look at all these problems.
Despite the fact that mayonnaise can suffocate the lice in your head, you will have to live with the fact that there are lice eggs still in your hair waiting to get hatched. This is because mayonnaise cannot rid you off the eggs unless you comb them out.
Suffocating the lice takes around 6 to 8 hours. This means that you have to soak the hair in mayonnaise for almost eight hours for this method to work. If you have ever left mayonnaise outside for eight hours, you would know how bad it gets. You may not even want to throw it in your kitchen trash, let alone leaving them on your hair.
Many of us love to eat mayonnaise. By using it as an anti-lice solution we associate it with something no one likes. This means that every time the bottle of mayonnaise is kept on the dinner table, you will think twice before adding it to your sandwich. In addition to that, the constant reminder of the rancid smell can be a turnoff as well.
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